Become a part of the largest pet citizen science project in the world!

The “Science” of Citizen Science

Darwin’s Ark lets ordinary citizens become scientific partners. Our projects, such as Darwin’s Dogs, combine genetics and behavior to advance the understanding of complex diseases.

We’re a non-profit that subscribes to the open science model. This means we do not own and will never sell your pet’s data. You contribute to an open source database and we share all the new discoveries we find freely with you and researchers around the world. Together we can advance health care for pets and their humans. For details on our process, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

MEASURING THE EFFECT

21,178
DOGS REGISTERED
2,293,310
ANSWERS COLLECTED

DOGS

Dog owners know their dogs. We’re asking dog owners to contribute their knowledge of their pets to help us learn more about how genetics influence health and behavior. Join us on this exciting journey!

TICK RESEARCH

Ticks are a serious health issue for pets and people alike. By studying the ticks participants send in, we’re learning about the diseases and discovering possible remedies and solutions to this modern-day scourge.

CATS

Cats have been our companions for centuries, yet we’ve only just begun to unravel (like a ball of yarn!) the complex and diverse genetics that contribute to their health and behavior. We’ll need cat owners’ understanding and expertise to launch this project soon!

OUR PARTNERS

We’re studying everything from behavior to food allergies. Our research depends on the support of our partner organizations.

OUR COMMUNITY

“Thank you Darwin’s Dogs for delving into the wondrous and ineffable Mystery of Mutts.”

“Darwin’s Dogs is giving us insight to the most precious science of all – the science of discovery, health, and relationship.”

“What I like most about the Darwin’s Dogs project is that it celebrates mutts and the people who love them.”

-Ally Phel. & Reilly, Participant

FROM OUR STORIES

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What do we mean when we say behavior is genetic?

Published on May 25, 2017

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Unpacking Positive Reinforcement

Published on May 16, 2017

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Is That Behavior Trained or Genetic?

Published on September 16, 2016

Training a dog is about way more than teaching them to sit on cue or…

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